Senator Dan Swecker wants Washington state to subsidize his anti-gay crusade

By: Monday November 28, 2011 11:26 am

So predictable. Whenever legislation is proposed to secure civil equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Washingtonians, Senator Dan Swecker (R-Rochester, LD-20) is there to try to engineer state subsidies for the anti-equality crowd. Swecker, who is campaign manager or board member for the principle anti-equality political action committees active in the state (Faith [...]

Treachery Among Washington’s Radical-Right Anti-Gay Activists

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 12:11 am

Sen. Dan Swecker (left) posing with Gary Randall just days before the betrayal. Ouch!  Gary Randall has been betrayed by yet another of his anti-gay “friends”, and it’s clearly shaken him to the core.  Randall is president and executive director of the anti-gay Faith & Freedom Network.  Randall’s high level of distress is evident in [...]

Out-of-state marriage recognition bill passes in the Washington state Senate

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 7:54 pm

Great news from Washington state!  Today the out-of-state marriage recognition bill (HB 1649) passed in the Washington state Senate with a strong bipartisan vote of 28 to 19.  The new law will automatically recognize married same-sex couples from out of state as domestic partners when they are in Washington state.  The House passed the bill [...]

WA: Anti-gay state senator Dan Swecker approves pro-gay bill

By: Friday March 25, 2011 2:54 pm

One of Washington state’s most ardent anti-gay legislators quietly gave his nod of approval on Tuesday to the out-of-state marriage recognition bill (HB 1649).  While lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Washingtonians and their supporters were celebrating Equality Day 2011 on the steps of the state Capitol, Senator Dan Swecker (R-Rochester) voted with the Democratic [...]

Gays are incestuous and the Catholic Church is a women’s rights group

By: Friday March 18, 2011 8:00 am

Sen. Dan Swecker You never know what incredible bits of truthiness you might hear from anti-gay activists at a legislative hearing.  On March 15th the Washington state Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations & Elections heard public testimony on the bill updating the Uniform Parentage Act of 2002 (HB 1267) by “clarifying and [...]

Senator Dan Swecker: Gays want to enslave your womb and sell people!

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 7:06 pm

When you have no valid argument against a bill, I guess you resort to hyperbole and hope nobody will notice the anti-gay animus motivating you.  Washington state Senator Dan Swecker opposes HB 1267, a bill that would update the Uniform Parentage Act of 2002 by “clarifying and expanding the rights and obligations of state registered [...]

Swecker the Subsidizer

By: Tuesday June 16, 2009 10:15 am

Earlier this year I described how Washington state senator Dan Swecker was trying to give a state subsidy to the private anti-equality activities of Gary Randall and Larry Stickney: The Crumbling Coalition of Fanatical Fringe knows that they’re unlikely to gather enough signatures to get a referendum on the ballot.  If they didn’t, Sen. Swecker [...]

Why is Gary Randall *really* Dangling the Referendum Carrot?

By: Thursday April 16, 2009 7:00 am

On January 22nd, Rep. Jamie Pedersen and Sen. Ed Murray introduced SB 5688, the Domestic Partnership Expansion Bill of 2009.  By early February, Gary Randall was raising false hopes among his followers of defeating the bill, while simultaneously promising a referendum should those hopes be dashed. There was a sense in both the House and [...]

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